The A.D. Dunton Alumni Award of Distinction is Carleton’s highest alumni honour. It is given annually by the Carleton University Alumni Association (CUAA) to a graduate in recognition of outstanding achievement or contribution in any field of endeavour.

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The award is named in memory of Carleton’s fourth president, who served the university from 1958-1972. Arnold Davidson Dunton was a man whose own outstanding achievements and contributions to his country, as a journalist, head of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Co-Chairman of the Bilingualism and Biculturalism Commission, are legendary. Through his dynamic leadership, the University grew and prospered and its reputation as a national institution of learning with unique strengths was firmly established.
Above all, A.D. Dunton was a fitting role model for Carleton—someone whose remarkable achievements and commitment inspired the entire university community to excel. With this award, the CUAA recognizes those graduates whose individual accomplishments continue to inspire and motivate us all.